5 things you didn’t know about Jammu

Romantic weather, scenic locales and beautiful people…but Jammu has so much more to offer that you probably didn’t know about!

Jammu, the winter capital of the state of J&K spread out across the river Tawi, is nestled in the mountain ranges of the outer Himalayas. The weather is hot and dry in the summer, cold in the winter and stormy during monsoon. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to visit. Most people usually pass through Jammu on their way to Kashmir valley, Laddakh or the Vaishno Devi shrine. This means that Jammu has cheaper hotels and shorter queues.Flight tickets to Jammu are always in demand so book your Delhi Jammu flights in advance.

Here are a few facts that you should know about this quaint little city:

1. Local folklore claims that Jammu is at least 3,000 years old, and is named after its founder, Raja Jambulochan, who ruled over the region in the 14th century BC. But historians and archaeologists are still divided on this. Jammu has witnessed the reign of several kings from minor kingdoms in the surrounding region, to the Mughals andthe Sikhs.

2. A 43-km long railway line connecting Jammu with Sialkot, Pakistan was laid way back in the year 1897, an astounding 122 years ago. But the line had to be dismantled after the Partition of India, and this left Jammu without train services till the year 1970. Later, the Pathankot – Jammu Tawi Broad Gauge line was started.

3. The airport is officially known as Jammu Civil Enclave and is right in the middle of Jammu, a mere 14 kms away from the international border separating India from Pakistan. It handles only domestic flights and hosts air traffic from Srinagar, Leh, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Lucknow, Mumbai and Delhi. The Delhi Jammu flights are the most frequent flights at the airport. It is India’s 27th busiest airport and sees a footfall of approximately 10,00,000 passengers annually.

4. Jammu is also known as the city of temples, and one cannot travel even a short distance in the city without coming across a temple. Three of the oldest temples of Jammu can be found in Krimchi. Constructed in the 11th and 12th century AD, this group of temples also known as the Pandava Temples, resemble the Lingaraja temple at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The Pandavas are said to have remained in these temples during their exile.

5. The Amar Mahal Palace in Jammu, a great attraction, was actually designed by a French architect in the 19thcentury. It is built in red sandstone on the styling of a French château complete with turrets and towers. Once the official residence of the Dogra dynasty, today it houses a museum of repute. Among its displays, one can see intricate miniature paintings in the Pahari and Kangra style, and a library with more than 25,000 rare books and numerous rare art pieces.

So next time you take a Delhi Jammu flight, know that you are going to a place that is way more interesting than it appears!

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